The queen hosted an in-person ceremony for William Peel as he stepped down from his role as Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household.
Peel had overseen arrangements for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, known as Operation Forth Bridge, The Guardian reported.
The funeral, scheduled for Saturday, will only allow a total of 30 attendees due to safety restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not be attending the funeral to allow for another royal family member to take his place.
The second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Andrew, said Sunday that while his mother is “an incredibly stoic person,” she had described that Philip’s death last week left a “huge void” in her life.
Philip, who died at the age of 99, had been married to the queen for more than 70 years and served at her side throughout her 69-year-reign.
Andrew told reporters outside a chapel near Windsor Castle that the royal family is “feeling a great sense of loss,” but said the tributes to his father being offered around the world were “absolutely amazing.”
The late patriarch of the royal family was honored Saturday with rounds of gun salutes across the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries and at sea.
Cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast honored the royal by firing 41 rounds out of cannons at one-minute intervals starting midday Saturday., and Australia and New Zealand also offered their own artillery tributes over the weekend.
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In a tribute posted on his Archewell Foundation’s website on Monday, Harry called his grandfather “a man of service, honor and great humor.”
“He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next,” Harry said.
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